L.C. Greenwood, a key member of the Pittsburgh Steelers’ vaunted Steel Curtain defense, died Sunday in a Pittsburgh hospital.
Greenwood, 67, had been hospitalized for a few days and died of kidney failure, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reported.
From 1969 to 1981, Greenwood won four Super Bowls with the Steelers and was named to the Pro Bowl six times. He amassed 73 1/2 sacks, second in franchise history behind Jason Gildon. (Greenwood’s sacks are unofficial because the NFL did not track then until 1982.) In Super Bowl X, he memorably sacked Dallas Cowboys quarterback Roger Staubach four times.
Greenwood, a finalist for the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2005 and 2006, was never elected. “The saddest thing is, he never got into the Hall of Fame,” Art Rooney Jr. told the Post-Gazette. “To me, it’s terribly sad. He deserves to be there.”